Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an opportunity for our two-year A-Level students to undertake self-directed research to create a project in a format of their choice. It allows students to explore ideas outside their A-Level subjects and across disciplines, while still benefiting from expert supervision.
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECT CAN I UNDERTAKE?
The final product can be varied and examples could include a 5,000-word essay, an art installation, a computer game design or a performance. The format is decided in consultation with the EPQ advisor. Where students choose not to write a full report or essay, they must also submit a 1,000-word summary of their final product. The EPQ is expected to take 100 hours of a student’s time, with around 20% of this guided by a supervisor.
The EPQ also places emphasis on communication and reflection, so students must make a 30-minute presentation to show their ideas and conclusions; they must also write a final reflective analysis of the research process and experience.
HOW IS THE EPQ RECOGNISED?
The EPQ is awarded UCAS points (up to 28 for the highest grade) but is, more importantly, proof to universities and employers that a student is able to create ideas, self-direct, carry out research and produce quality results.
The EPQ places great emphasis on a student’s own efforts and organisation, and up to 60% of the marks are awarded for the process of deciding a project focus, planning it and producing the final product. This means that students keep a portfolio of evidence showing how their ideas emerged, developed and led to a final outcome.